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'''William Seward Burroughs II''' (; also known by his pen name '''William Lee'''; February 5, 1914 – August 2, 1997) was an American novelist, short story writer, Satire|satirist, essayist, painting|painter, and spoken word performer. A primary figure of the Beat Generation and a major Postmodern literature|postmodernist author who wrote in the paranoid fiction genre, he is considered to be "one of the most politically trenchant, culturally influential, and innovative artists of the 20th century".2003 ''Penguin Modern Classics'' edition of ''Junky''. His influence is considered to have affected a range of popular culture as well as literature. Burroughs wrote eighteen novels and novellas, six collections of short stories and four collections of essays. Five books have been published of his interviews and correspondences. He also...
Birth nameWilliam Seward Burroughs II
Birth date{{birth date|mf=yes|1914|02|05}}
Birth placeSt. Louis|St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
Death date{{death date and age|mf=yes|1997|08|02|1914|02|05}}
Death placeLawrence, Kansas, U.S.
OccupationAuthor
Alma materHarvard University
PseudonymWilliam Lee
SpouseIlse von Klapper (1937–1946)
Joan Vollmer (1946–1951)
Partner| children = William S. Burroughs, Jr.
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